The first import of 2016 has arrived in the form of a modern pizza parlor by way of Singapore. Peperoni, located in the barely-open Uptown BGC, is the brainchild of the famed Les Amis group, known for everything from high-end eateries on Asian best-of lists, to casual dining chains to which Peperoni belongs. It was while living in Singapore that Andrew Chan fell in love with the place, which has subsequently become his first venture in the f&b industry.
It’s the pizzas here that are unsurprisingly fantastic, that it might even make you forget the rest of the menu. The dough is rolled out remarkably thinly, that even when stretched out to make their largest size, a mammoth 21-inch, there are no holes. The consistency is even here, so there is no soupy, bubbly center, or slightly thicker crust. It is cooked evenly crisp throughout, acting as a perfect foil to their classic toppings. The dough is made in-house, and prepared the day before so that it is never frozen.
What gives Peperoni a slight edge is that they don’t skimp on what’s on top (which is all premium and meticulously sourced), and we tell you this as a serious claim. There are no smatterings of prosciutto or sparsely spread scallops; Frutti di Mare is littered with prawns, clams, scallops, squid, and fish, while their Prosciutto Crudo has so much shavings of the cured ham that the surface is barely seen. The best of the lot is their Bacon Miele, which was originally developed for the Philippine outpost, but was so successful during test runs that the Singapore team adapted it for their menu. It is an admirable take on that pesky sweet-savory combination, with thick cuts of bacon both porky and fatty, drenched in honey, and offset with the pungency of Gouda.
It is too early in the year to tell what will be in store for Peperoni, but this is the type of place best shared with friends. The appealing sizes and prices encourage communal dining, transitioning easily from a work lunch with the team to a celebratory casual dinner with close companions. With their modern ode to classic American-Italian flavors, Peperoni could be quite the hit.
Address: Third Floor
Uptown Place Mall
36th Street Corner 9th Avenue
Bonifacio Global City
Damage per person: PHP 500-600.
Foodnotes: Located outside on the third floor. Best for group dining. No delivery; pick-up if you’re ordering for the office.